viernes, 15 de julio de 2011

Camp: Week 1

The first week of camp was incredibly successful.  All of the volunteers worked together in order to establish a routine that would be easy for the campers to follow, but also to allow for some flexibility as the camp grows.  

We were very lucky to have two elementary school teachers from the United States who were able to help with setting up a 'morning meeting' as well as an efficient way to run the groups throughout the day.  During the morning meetings we practiced introductions, and by the end of the week, all the campers were able to say "Hello, my name is _____" giving a high-five or shaking hands with fellow campers and counselors.  We also spent some time focusing on days of the week, as well as how to say the date.  

Our overall focus of the week, however was on colors and fruits.  The children were separated into different groups based on their ages.  The groups were given fruit names, so it seemed only appropriate that they be able to understand what the different fruits mean! The children also practiced colors while learning about the different fruits and were able to answer questions about the color of clothing and objects by the end of the week.  

One of the children's favorite activities is singing.  We practiced the song:
I like bananas, coconuts and grapes
I like bananas coconuts and grapes
I like bananas cocounts and grapes,
That's why they call me 

Of course all the campers screamed the last part on the top of their lungs, pounding their chests just like Tarzan :)  

The children played many games, such as duck, duck, goose; but using mango, mango, banana etc.  

Overall, the children seemed to learn a lot, while having fun.  We expect that we will have more campers in coming weeks and are excited to continue growing!

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